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YMMV: Doctor Who 50th AS "The Day of the Doctor"
Warning: As with the Recap page, spoilers are unmarked.

  • Ass Pull: Having the Queen pretending to be the leader of the Zygons, somehow knowing exactly what their plan was, and pulling it off well enough to fool the other Zygons.
  • Base Breaker:
    • Billie Piper as The Moment's body. Some don't mind it, others... still have issues over Rose. Although, there were some who disliked Rose as a character but thought Piper as The Moment was fantastic. And, technically speaking, The Moment wasn't actually Rose, but the Bad Wolf entity (which possessed Rose). And of course, there were people who were unhappy Rose wasn't in the special, feeling they should have had her and Doctor 10.5.
    • The idea of the War Doctor. Some say John Hurt was fantastic in the role, others believe that the character could've been filled with either Paul McGann (as number 8) or Christopher Eccleston (as number 9). Though it's likely the War Doctor was only created because Eccleston declined to return. While the Ninth Doctor does appear in the story in a brief but crucial role, since there isn't new footage of Eccleston we never get to dwell on his Doctor finding out he never really destroyed his own planet and people, though he's going to forget anyway. It would have been fitting because he's the first post-Time War Doctor to bear that guilt. The Ninth Doctor was implied to have recently regenerated way back in Series 1 (surprised to see his big ears), so it was naturally assumed the Eighth Doctor ended the Time War. It's not really Eccleston but McGann who gets shafted by the creation of the War Doctor. Regardless, Moffat was having trouble picturing the Eighth Doctor fighting in a war because of what his character was like, even when Eight started turning darker. Which led to a regeneration scene for his Doctor to explain away the War Doctor's existence, so it's still a win in the end for fans who wanted to see McGann again. And Hurt's Doctor even goes out on a line that links back to Nine's ears comment.
  • Broken Base:
    • Clara suddenly being able to close the TARDIS' doors with a snap of her fingers), doing cool stunts on her motorcycle and managing to talk the Doctor down from burning Gallifrey again. Audience reactions ranged from "Wow!" to "What the hell?!" She's becoming very divisive in the fanbase. Part of the issue is that the finger snapping to close the door was a big deal for the Doctor to do, so for Clara to just casually do it is a bit off-putting. That and it marks the fact that the TARDIS has apparently done a 180 on its opinion of her (it had previously blatantly hated her) because the paradoxes surrounding Clara have been resolved! It's probably also because Clara (i.e. the Gallifreyian version of her) introduced the Doctor to his TARDIS.
      • Series 8 will continue to expand on the TARDIS's apprehensions toward Clara
    • Some fans of the classic Who felt the special was more of an anniversary special on the new era rather than a celebration of all of Who history outside a few cameos and the fact that the event that separates old from new who is the focus of the plot. Fans who joined in during the reboot pointed out that the Big Finish Audio Drama, "Night of the Doctor" and The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot were all more focused on Classic Who. And the cameo of Tom Baker, plus the quips of the War Doctor at the behaviors of Ten and Eleven took a great big nod at the classic roots.
    • The Reveal that the Doctors managed to save Gallifrey instead of destroying it. While many fans loved the uplifting ending, and many Classic Who fans were just happy to have Gallifrey back and the Doctor not committing genocide against his own people, there were plenty of RTD era fans who were actually furious with Moffat for removing what had been an essential part of the Doctor's backstory for the past eight years.
    • Quite a lot of die-hard shippers found out there was no Ten/Rose reunion after all when they watched the movie...and proceeded to throw angry tantrums on the Internet.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
  • Freud Was Right: Ten and Eleven showing each other their screwdrivers. Eleven's is bigger.
    Ten: Compensating?
    Eleven: For what?
    Ten: Regeneration. It's a lottery.
  • Narm: The repeated shots of the children of Gallifrey to some, who felt it bordered on glurge.
  • Heartwarming In Hindsight: The Face of Boe's message in "Gridlock" that, "You are not alone," can take on a much more positive meaning with this episode, since it can be interpreted now as a message that Gallifrey is safe.
  • Hollywood Homely: Osgood. The Zygon version notes how jealous Osgood is of her prettier sister, but the actress playing her is a pretty actress in nerd garb.
  • Signature Scene: Thanks to the huge amounts of fans rejoicing, the scene where all thirteen doctors save Gallifrey is becoming this, with Peter Capaldi's cameo adding more fuel to the joy.
  • Squick:
    • Ten being snogged by Zygon!Elizabeth.
    • Zygon!Kate's transformation. Eurgh.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Clara driving her motorcycle into the TARDIS, in one continuous shot. You'd swear the thing really is bigger on the inside.

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